|Alec Ross on Statecraft 3.0 - PopTech|
Senior Advisor on Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Alec Ross, says it's time to reboot US diplomatic efforts abroad. Ross calls for 21st century statecraft based on the innovative use of new media. Previously, Ross co-founded One Economy, a nonprofit devoted to closing the digital divide, and brought his expertise to then Senator Obama's presidential campaign.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Government; Politics; PopTech 2009; Economics; Technology; Internet
|Adrian Owen: Search for Consciousness - PopTech|
What if you were completely conscious but couldn't move or speak? Neuroscientist Adrian Owen and his team have been using brain-imaging techniques to determine levels of consciousness in vegetative patients. By giving simple commands and then measuring brain activity, Owen has learned some patients are completely aware despite being entirely unable to communicate or move their limbs.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Health; Medicine; PopTech 2010; Mind; Neuroscience
|Laura Stachel: Solar Saves Lives - PopTech|
Laura Stachel and Hal Aronson founded WE CARE Solar, which designs solar-powered systems to meet essential maternity care needs. These portable, suitcase-sized systems are immediately operational and expandable. Powering lighting and communication equipment, they enable timely and appropriate emergency care for mothers and infants.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Health; Africa; PopTech 2010; Women; Poverty; Solar
|Naif Al-Mutawa: The New Superheroes - PopTech|
Naif Al-Mutawa is the creator of THE 99 - the first comic series to include multicultural superheroes inspired by an Islamic archetype. A clinical psychologist by training, Al-Mutawa is creating new frameworks for confronting stereotypes and extremism through a cast of characters that derive their power from Allah's 99 attributes.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2009; Faith; Visualizations; Psychology; Justice; Art
|Chris Chabris: When Intuition Fails - PopTech|
Psychologist and neuroscientist Chris Chabris studies how rarely we see the world as it really is. A creator of the famous "gorilla experiment," Chabris' work reveals how relying on our intuitions is perilous. Because of copyright issues, we're unable to show the video in its entirety. Please watch the Invisible Gorilla video prior to this talk.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Psychology; Culture; PopTech 2010; Neuroscience; Mind
|Lorrie Vogel: Pioneering designs - PopTech|
As General Manager for Nike's "Considered" team, Lorrie Vogel is conducting pioneering research in sustainable product design. Vogel says that green design requires fundamentally altering Nike business practices - which would dramatically cut waste, boost the use of eco-conscious materials, and transform social attitudes around consumption.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Business; Sustainability; Innovation; Green; PopTech 2009
|Energy disruptors: Arun Majumdar on disruptive energy innovation - PopTech|
Arun Majumdar was a high school student during the global energy crisis of the 1970s and became interested in engineering because of energy. Currently he's the first director of ARPA-E, the country's only agency dedicated to technologies promising genuine transformation in the ways we generate, store, and utilize energy. Majumdar explains that disruptive energy innovation must focus on scale, be cost effective, and provide an energy service.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; Energy disruptors shorts; Shorts; Energy disruptors; Emerging Tech; Environment; Green
|John Fetterman: Reviving Braddock - PopTech|
Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman is fighting for the future of his rust belt town's future. Braddock has lost ninety percent of its buildings and most of its population. Yet Fetterman's ambitious plans include repurposing abandoned lots and fostering numerous arts and community initiatives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Governance; Urbanization; Economics; PopTech 2009
|Erika Block's Local Orbit - PopTech|
Erika Block founded Local Orbit to connect local farmers with chefs, institutions and consumers. Her online platform provides marketing, sales, logistics and inventory management for food hubs, farmers, and community groups. The result is a scalable system that makes healthy, locally produced food both affordable and accessible to everyone.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; PopTech 2011; Technology; Food; Agriculture; Community; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Yasser Ansari: Networked Organisms - PopTech|
Yasser Ansari, self-described bio geek-turned-telecom nerd, wants to help boost eco-literacy. To do so, he has created Noah, an online platform and mobile application that allows "curious naturalists" to contribute to ongoing scientific research through data collection and documentation efforts.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Mobile; Data; Science; Crowdsourcing; Living Systems DC Salon 2010
|Stephanie Coontz: Gender gaps - PopTech|
Stephanie Coontz, an historian of the family, discusses how globalization has brought more women into the paid work force, giving them some ownership over their productive labor. Coontz urges us to redefine our notions of gender equality within this framework of labor, arguing that every worker has a right to a family life.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Politics; Human Rights; Women
|Erica Williams on Youth Politics - PopTech|
Erica Williams is a Washington, D.C.-based activist and commentator who currently serves as the Deputy Director of Campus Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress. In this riveting Poptech talk, Williams discusses how the Millennial generation--today's 18-30 year olds--are re-imagining the nature of political engagement.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Activism; Community; Politics; Justice; Government; PopTech 2009; Youth
|Mukara Meredith - PopTech|
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Fellows; Social Innovation; Interviews; Design
|Amy Sun: Unlocking capacities - PopTech|
Amy Sun's FabLab gives people access to tools and processes for the modern means of invention. In Afghanistan, participants wanted to "make the Internet;" the outcome was the creation of a city-scale wireless mesh network. FabLab brings together people with the tools, processes and guiding principles to envision and build a future that works.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Fellows; Community; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; DIY
|Willie Smits: Saving Rainforests - PopTech|
Biologist Willie Smits has spent the last thirty years searching for ways to restore fragile ecosystems. From his home in Indonesia - a leading producer of greenhouse gases - Smits has discovered a method of sustainable energy production: using the forest to generate biofuels with a carbon-positive impact.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Technology; Energy; Climate; Ecology; Green; PopTech 2009
|Kurt Andersen: Renewing America - PopTech|
Kurt Andersen, best-selling author and host of the radio program Studio 360, has turned his unflagging curiosity to the current economic crisis. He believes it is an opportunity to get the nation back on track. Part of the answer, Andersen suggests, lies in reconnecting to the amateur spirit that first helped create America.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2009; Economics; Entrepreneur; Politics
|Milenko Matanovic: Art as community builder - PopTech|
Milenko Matanovic is a community builder and visual artist. He describes his journey from pure artist to facilitator, working with the betterment of the community in mind. Through his organization, The Pomegranate Center, Matanovic guides the conception and construction of open-air gathering places, involving the community in all phases of the project.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Art; Architecture; Community; Collaboration; Human Rights
|Brian Elliot: Friend Power - PopTech|
Brian Elliot founded Friendfactor to unlock the power of friendship to accelerate legal freedoms for LGBT people. Friendfactor's innovative social networking platform shifts the focus of gay rights from ideology towards a far more personal concept: friends making a difference in their gay friends' lives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Activism; Politics; Culture; PopTech 2010; Freedom; Community
|Kim Cobb: How Climate Changes - PopTech|
Kim Cobb studies the climate variability of the past in order to construct a sense of what we can expect in the future. Having a clearer sense of rainfall, for example, over the next 100 years will be incredibly valuable in informing public policy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Environment; Climate; PopTech 2010; Evolution
|Nathan Eagle: Global mobile workforce - PopTech|
Nathan Eagle is harnessing mobile phone data in emerging markets. He's launched txteagle, a program that enables the under-employed to earn money or phone credits by performing tasks on their cell phones. Through partnerships with over 220 mobile phone operators, txteagle is active in nearly 100 countries.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Africa; Mobile; Development; Business; PopTech 2010
|Lauren Abramson: Better Justice - PopTech|
As the founder of the Community Conferencing Center, Social Innovation Fellow Lauren Abramson works to alter how society typically responds to crime and conflict -- changing the focus from punishment to accountability, healing, and learning.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Psychology; Conflict; PopTech 2010; Community; Justice
|Jessika Trancik: Clean energy - PopTech|
Jessika Trancik works to discover and scale new energy technologies while also providing foresight as to where they are going next. She integrates technological details with climate change mitigation targets to make tech problems easier to solve and better for the planet.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Energy; Environment; Science Fellows; Science Fellows 2011; Emerging Technology
|David Mikkelsen's Refugees United - PopTech|
After a remarkable effort to help one Afghan boy reconnect with his family, David and Christopher Troensegaard Mikkelsen were driven to create a low cost, anonymous mobile tool and web platform designed to help refugees reconnect with loved ones. These tools streamline the family tracing process for individuals and for the NGOs helping them.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Freedom; Justice; Human Rights; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Sinan Aral: Social Contagion - PopTech|
Sinan Aral's two areas of interest are behavioral contagions and causality. He believes that if we can understand how behavior is spread in a population, there's the potential to promote good behaviors such as condom use and tolerance and to deter behavior like smoking and violence.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Culture; PopTech 2010; Psychology
|Ben Lyon: Mobile Microcredit - PopTech|
Ben Lyon founded FrontlineSMS:Credit to allow microfinance institutions to send and receive secure loan payments, track loans and develop a micro-insurance model using the ubiquitous mobile phone.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Finance; PopTech 2010; BoP; Mobile; Microfinance
|Matthew Berg: Mobiles for Health - PopTech|
Matt Berg helped create and pilot ChildCount+, a mobile-phone-based health platform that empowers communities in Africa to improve child and maternal health. Matt also trains local programmers at the Rural Technology Lab, with a goal to advance the health of millions while decentralizing the software development process.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Mobile; Africa; Technology; PopTech 2010; Youth; Community; Women
|Graham Hill: Life Edited - PopTech|
Treehugger founder Graham Hill announced the launch of a new online design competition, Life Edited, and asked all interested parties to weigh in on how he can best design his new 420 square foot New York City apartment. Offering up to $70,000 in prizes, Life Edited is raising the stakes for low-impact designers.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Ecology; Environment; Green; PopTech 2010
|Emily Pilloton: Design for Change - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Emily Pilloton founded Project H Design to mobilize innovative product design for social good. In its first year, the organization built a community of more than 300 designers and launched more than 20 projects in 6 countries. These initiatives include water transport solutions and designs for foster care therapy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Technology; Fellows; Social Innovation; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; PopTech 2009; Architecture
|George Church: Know Your Genes - PopTech|
Geneticist George Church believes that genome sequencing can bring us closer to personalized medicine. Several years ago, Church launched the Personal Genome Project, a public database that connects genes to diseases as well as physical and biological characteristics. 100,000 volunteers are expected to contribute by 2010.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Medicine; Crowdsourcing; PopTech 2009; Biology; Community
|Donald Ingber: Serendipitous science - PopTech|
Donald Ingber explains how taking an undergraduate sculpture course while learning how to culture cells led to an unexpected breakthrough in understanding cellular construction. He believes an open mind for serendipity correlates to innovations in a diverse range of fields -- from the "lung-on-a-chip" to "DNA origami."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2010; Biology; Health; Innovation; Medicine
|Colin Rich: PopStar - PopTech|
Colin Rich captures fantastic images of the world from 24 miles in space. He creates his amazing videos and still photographs with simple system that includes high-altitude weather balloons, hacked video cameras and a GPS system to track the cameras wherever they land. The images he creates are otherworldly. Read and watch more on the PopTech blog.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Photography; Space; PopTech 2010; Shorts
|Dominic Muren's Humblefactory - PopTech|
Dominic Muren's organization, The Humblefactory, champions "makers," craftspeople who make up the cottage industries of the world. His online platform helps empower these makers, linking them up with markets through co-manufacturing and product design strategy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Technology; Entrepreneur; DIY; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Paul Needham: Owning electricity - PopTech|
Paul Needham's organization, Simpa Networks, makes solar energy available to the poor. By using a pay-as-you-go pricing structure modeled after mobile phone cards, Simpa gives its customers ownership of the electricity. Once the initial cost of the equipment is paid off, the device belongs to the customer and their electricity is free.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; PopTech 2011; Development; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; Social Innovation
|Michael Murphy: Buildings that heal - PopTech|
At the hospital, you expect to heal, but some buildings are actually making us sicker. With thoughtful techniques as basic as removing hallways and creating outside waiting areas for sick patients, Michael Murphy works with local communities to design buildings that promote health while also creating new jobs.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; PopTech 2011; Economics; Development; Fellows; Community; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; Fellows 2011; Architecture
|Porter and Mykleby: A Grand Strategy for the Nation - PopTech|
Naval Captain Wayne Porter and Col. Mark Mykleby of the Marines, military strategists working at the highest level of government, present highlights from their paper, "A National Strategic Narrative." Their ideas--less military force, more social capital and more sustainable practices in energy and agriculture--have caused a recent stir in policy communities.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Politics; Democracy; Governance; Resilience; Nationalism
|Tony Orrico: Choreography’s shape on paper - PopTech|
Tony Orrico, visual artist, performer, and choreographer, uses his own body to inscribe geometries on paper. Through physically exhausting performances involving highly choreographed motions, Orrico explores line and shape with his actual body, creating works of visual art that record his own motion.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Art; Play
|The Egyptian revolution on film - PopTech|
Shima'a Helmy joins filmmakers and friends Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carleton onstage at PopTech to talk about their collaboration on an upcoming documentary film, If. The film explores what it's like being a young revolutionary through the eyes of four different Egyptian women, including Helmy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Activism; Democracy; Journalism; Community; Human Rights
|Ryan Smith: Sewage Into Plastic - PopTech|
Ryan Smith is co-founder and chief technical officer of Micromidas, Inc., a biotech company that uses an innovative microbial process to convert raw sewage into high-quality plastics. A non-petroleum plastic made from organic waste that completely degrades in six months to a year? What's not to love?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Business; Green; Sustainability; Biology; PopTech 2010
|Derek Lomas: Open Source Games - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Derek Lomas is director of the Playpower Foundation, a global network of developers, designers, academics, NGOs and businesses. Playpower leverages the availability of ultra-low-cost computers to create and distribute affordable, effective, and fun learning games for under-privileged children worldwide.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Education; Development; Fellows; Games; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; PopTech 2009; Community
|Shorts: Food as revolution - PopTech|
What better way to welcome PopTech attendees to Maine than by inviting them to participate in a cooking class run by Salt Water Farm's chef/owner Annemarie Ahearn and farm director Ladleah Dunn?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Business; Design; Energy; Entertainment
|Chris Jordan: Polluting Plastics - PopTech|
Photographer Chris Jordan specializes in large-scale works that depict the magnitude of our consumerism and its impact on our environment. In one of the most emotional presentations at PopTech 2009, Jordan shares heart-wrenching images of birds killed by ingesting plastics that increasingly pollute our oceans.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Ecology; Art; PopTech 2009; Sustainability
|Hayat Sindi launches i2 - PopTech|
A leader in both science and social innovation, Dr. Hayat Sindi launched i2, the Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity at PopTech 2011. Dr. Sindi created the institute to bridge the gap between education and opportunity in the Middle East.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Science; Development; Entrepreneur; Activism; DIY; Youth; Science Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; Emerging Tech; Social Innovation Fellows
|Beth Shapiro: Species Extinction - PopTech|
What makes species go extinct? Evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro explores the influences of climate and humans in determining species extinction. By analyzing the genes of ancient plants and animals, she traces the complex relationship between environment and the extinction and evolution of species.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Evolution; Living Systems DC Salon 2010; Climate; Biology
|Nicholas Felton: Tracing Our Lives - PopTech|
Graphic designer Nicholas Felton is obsessed with data. He knows how many songs he's listened to and how much it costs him per mile to fly. Felton visualizes these numerous details in personal "Annual Reports." At PopTech 2009, Felton examines what a weeklong-snapshot of New York Times' front pages reveals about America.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Design; Visualization; Data; PopTech 2009
|Jonah Lehrer: Creative Insights - PopTech|
Author Jonah Lehrer explores the power of outsider intelligence. At PopTech 2009, the best-selling author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist, notes that, paradoxically, lacking expertise on a subject can be an asset. "It's what allows us to see the connections, to see the problems that no one else can see."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Entertainment; Mind; Science; Innovation; Neuroscience; PopTech 2009
|Paula Kahumbu: Conservation 2.0 - PopTech|
As executive director of WildlifeDirect, 2009 PopTech Fellow Paula Kahumbu is building a global wildlife conservation community that connects conservationists and their supporters through blogs and direct funding. The goal: a movement powerful enough to reverse catastrophic species loss in Africa and around the world.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Africa; Fellows; Sustainability; Technology; Community; Social Innovation; PopTech 2009; Social Innovation Fellows 2009
|Energy disruptors: Jay Keasling on plant-based fuels - PopTech|
Jay Keasling, a pioneer in the field of synthetic biology, grew up on a farm in Nebraska where his father raised corn. He decided to apply his past to what he'd been doing for years, engineering microbes to produce chemicals. He's turned his attention to solving the world's energy crisis, using plants to engineer clean-burning fuels that will replace oil.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; Energy disruptors shorts; Shorts; Energy disruptors; Emerging Tech; Environment; Green
|Michael Blum: Failure and Resiliency - PopTech|
Tulane ecology professor Michael Blum has been at the front lines of the Gulf coast oil spill response and clean-up efforts. In his PopTech talk, he analyzed the operational, organizational and technological failures that led to the accident as well as the community's resiliency in its rebuilding efforts.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Water; Ocean; PopTech 2010; Resilience; Ecology
|Tom Darden: Make It Right - PopTech|
Tom Darden is the Executive Director of the Make It Right Foundation, an organization founded by actor Brad Pitt to build 150 green, high design homes in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Darden said he wants to take what has been a local conversation about green construction to the national level.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Architecture; Green; PopTech 2010; Sustainability; Community
|Lloyd and Zimbalist: Memory mapping the news - PopTech|
Alexis Lloyd and Michael Zimbalist, both from the New York Times R&D Lab, describe a new app for memory mapping the news, which they created for PopTech's iPad app. Unlike the old model of top-down publishing, it allows consumers to combine news with their own personal memories. Users can see timelines in real and perceived time and view stories from the archives within the context of their own lives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Culture; Internet; Journalism; Mapping; Emerging Tech